Acquired by Boston from the Cleveland Indians in 2012 in exchange for Lars Anderson, knuckleballer Steven Wright made it clear that Boston got the better half of the trade. The 29-year-old is dominating his International League competition playing for the Pawtucket Red Sox. In his last outing Wright pitched a gem; going eight strong innings, allowing just two hits while walking three and fanning three, he is definitely someone the Red Sox want to keep in the back of their minds as he is proving he is Major League ready. On the year in eight starts for the Paw Sox, Wright has held hitters down. He is posting a 2.04 ERA in 53 innings while punching out 48 batters and issuing just 12 free passes.
Despite most of his success coming as a knuckleball pitcher, Wright was not always one. It was not until 2011 when Wright started using the pitch as his primary weapon. Luckily for Wright, who pitched well in the Cleveland organization, Boston scooped him up and helped him develop the pitch even further, making him an even better pitcher. At this point, Wright is very close to the big leagues. As mentioned before, he is dominating his AAA competition; in the game of chess, it is Boston’s move.
Typically, the knuckleball is a hit or miss pitch and right now for Wright it is a major hit. With the trade deadline approaching, and Boston looking to sell off many veteran guys, expects them to call up Wright at some point in the next month. With his knuckleball, Wright could prove valuable as a swing man who could log many innings for the big league club. Whether these innings come as a starter, a long reliever, or even as a mop up man, Steven Wright definitely has what it takes to help out at the big league level.